LSU tailback Leonard Fournette may only be a sophomore, but his electrifying performance in Saturday’s blowout win over Auburn already has him looking like one of the school’s all-time greats.
Fournette rushed for 228 yards on 19 carries (an average of 12 yards per touch) and three touchdowns, including scores from 29 and 40 yards and a monster 71-yard dash on the first play from scrimmage. That yardage total alone — the best by an LSU running back in more than a decade — puts the New Orleans native at No. 7 on the program’s all-time, single-game rushing list. It left him just 22 yards shy of Alley Broussard’s 250-yard school record set in 2004.
And that’s not all. When taking last week’s 159-yard rushing game against Mississippi State into account, Fournette has set the mark for most rushing yards gained by an LSU player through the first two games of a season (387).
Fournette could have done even more damage, considering he reached his total in the third quarter, but he sustained a minor injury on a one-yard touchdown run that kept him sidelined for the rest of the game.
Watch below as Fournette trucks one unfortunate Auburn defensive back at the end of his 40-yard TD run:
Outta the way, Auburn. pic.twitter.com/r6HRMYYDqH
— SB Nation GIF (@SBNationGIF) September 19, 2015
— Michael Bonnette (@LSUBonnette) September 19, 2015
Fournette's last 15 quarters: Touchdowns: 9 Yards: 676 Average a quarter: 45 #LSU
— Ross Dellenger (@DellengerAdv) September 19, 2015
Reportedly, @_fournette has a minor thigh bruise.
— Bryan Lazare (@bldore) September 19, 2015
— 7⃣ (@_fournette) September 20, 2015